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Do You Know How to Make the Law of Attraction Work For You?

When The Secret came out more than a decade ago in 2006, the law of attraction received an inordinate amount of attention. The movie painted a very rosy picture of how the law of attraction works and when novices could not “make it work” for them, thinkpieces were written to deride those who believe in the law of attraction.

I remember Wayne Dyer and other thinkers releasing videos and blog posts to explain that the reason people had difficulty working the law of attraction is because it’s a secondary law. For this post, I want to deal with what it means to call the law of attraction a secondary law and then I want to share with you how you can “make” the law of attraction work for you.

Why Is the Law of Attraction a Secondary Law?

It used to bother me when I would hear thinkers like Bob Proctor and Wayne Dyer and others call the Law of Attraction a secondary law. To be honest, it sounded like semantics.

The reason they call the Law of Attraction a secondary law is that this law — “Like Attracts Like” — cannot overstep the master law of “Like Begets Like.”

For example, you cannot hold the thought for a luxury lifestyle and produce it unless you also plant the seeds for a luxury lifestyle across all three levels of life: physically, mentally and spiritually. Everything you attract comes to you, filtered through your consciousness.

Whatever you receive will always be a match for your primary vibration (or consciousness).

The Law of Attraction will never bring you anything that is out of step with who you are. “Everyone and everything we see or are involved with or are aware of, in any way, constitute our own universe” (McArthur).

How Does the Law of Attraction Work?

In his book, Your Life, McArthur says we each have an aura and that aura forms a universe within which the law of attraction operates for us. “An aura is an effect, not a cause. Every atom, every molecule, every group of atoms and molecules, however simple or complex, however large or small, tells the story of itself, its pattern, its purpose, through the vibrations which emanate from it…Thus at any time, in any world, a soul will give off through vibrations the story of itself and the condition in which it now exists.”

The Law of Attraction functions within your aura, or what I call, your emotional signature. Everything in your life takes on your primary emotional signature.

It may be easier to recognize another person’s emotional signature. I once had a relative stay with me for a short period of time. During that time, my entire life turned upside down. It was only for a few days but the presence of this relative totally disrupted my flow because we were so different in our approaches to life.

I tend to like things to be in order. I do not need a lot of stuff. For example, I keep a lot of open space in my refrigerator. I like to be able to look all the way to the back.

After a quick trip to the grocery store, this relative stocked my refrigerator so fully that I couldn’t see everything. I was already ready for the visit to end but haven’t my refrigerator stuffed to overflowing.

As I was seeing the relative off to the airport, I mentioned in a half-joking/half-not joking way, “You know you stuffed my refrigerator so much that I don’t know what’s in there.” The relative responded: “That’s the way a refrigerator is supposed to look.” This relative proved for me that everything in our lives takes on our emotional signature. We show up everywhere we go.

The Law of Attraction Works in Reverse

Just as the Law of Attraction works to bring to you that which you hold the thought for and also matches your emotional signature, it also works to repel that which you have not summoned through thought.

That which you do not hold in mind though you may have the emotional signature to support it cannot find you.

The Law of Attraction Brings What is Best for You

Many people want to know why they attract experiences they do not want. No one would consciously choose pain. Our brains are hard wired to seek pleasure.

There is a secondary aspect to the law of attraction that may explain this phenomena: “As you seek, you attract and are attracted to that which will fulfill your search.” For example, you may pray for a patient consciousness and the Universe may bring you an extra long line at the grocery store.

On the surface, it may appear that the Universe brought you the opposite of what you want. In fact, you have been given an experience (that matches your aura) to help you develop a patient mindset.

Can you learn patience through a more pleasant experience? Absolutely. But the Law of Attraction can only bring you what matches your primary emotional signature. When we stop letting pain push us, we finally allow love to lead us.

The Power of Choice Always Operates

Depending on your experience, you may or may not accept the belief that we create our own experience. I believe that Universal Law has no exception. For me, the power to choose my experience never turns off. It was never turned on. It always has been.

That means, then that “we have created whatever exists in our lives or is happening to us at this time. We have, through the laws of attraction and repulsion and other laws, brought that creation into our lives to fulfill our present needs and desires. That creation is what we need now for our greatest development and our highest good” (McArthur).

Rev. Richard Maraj, Senior Minister at Unity of Phoenix spoke at the 102nd Congress of the International New Thought Alliance. He said, “Whatever is happening to us is NOT the worst thing; the worst thing is believing that we DO NOT have the power to overcome whatever it is that’s happening to us.”

Even if you find it difficult to buy into the idea that you have control over what comes into your experience, hold to the belief that you can do something about it.

We Choose All People, All Places and All Things in Our Experience

Because the power of choice has no beginning and no end, it follows, then, that we also chose our parents and our life circumstances. Depending on your background and life circumstances that statement may anger you.

The power of choice does not turn on when you turn 18; neither does it turn off simply because you are a child and do not understand the full ramifications of your choices.

McArthur throws out the possibility of reincarnation as a way to explain the difficult life circumstances some people find themselves a part of. He explains: “Those whom we now view as victims may well have been abusers in a previous life. They may have chosen abusive parents in order to face the karma they created and, through it, come to realize there must be a better way.”

Perhaps.

I do not believe we always need to know where behavior comes from in order to change it. But if it helps you to trace behavior to seeming root cause, then do so.

Once you reach whatever seems to be a starting point, then you will need to come back to the present, reframe your perspective on what happened and make a new choice. I wonder if it’s possible to simply reframe the past and make a new choice without delving into the past.

Let the Law of Attraction Transform You

Whatever you want to do to improve yourself, the Universe will back you. McArthur explains:

“By law you can attract the possibility and the ability to become that which you innately desire to be. Your Creator knows your potential and gives you that ‘innate desire’ for fulfillment through use of your talents. As you recognize and accept that desire, you put your mind to work; it will attract and build the possibilities and abilities that you need in order to accomplish your desire.”

At the end of 2016, I set a goal to refine my speaking, teaching and preaching ability. I made a plan to accomplish that goal, which included visiting other ministries to study the lead pastors.

Along the way, my schedule tightened and I could not complete many of the site visits I’d hoped to make. I kept trying to find open windows to make my visits but my time seem to get tighter and tighter.

Around this time, my mom mentioned a book a trainer at her college had used for a professional development workshop called “The Ten Minute Trainer: Teach It Quick and Make It Stick.” This book turned out to be a missing link in the process of improvement. Not only is it helping me meet my stated goal of refining my ability as a speaker, teacher and preacher but it is also giving me a better way to evaluate the ministers and teachers I study.

“When you begin to do what you love to do, the law of attraction goes to work for you. Things really begin to work out to enable you to fulfill that desire of your heart” (McArthur).

We All Work with the Same Mind

When you look at the apparent disparities in the world, it may seem that some have an unfair advantage. But the great equalizer in every circumstance is Mind. No matter who we are or where we come from, we each have equal access to Mind. Through proper use of Mind, we may create any type of life we desire.

Cayce taught “That you dwell upon…you become…that you hate suddenly befalls you.” McArthur explains: “As you think about ‘that you dwell upon’ or ‘that you hate,’ you put energy into your aura. When you put it there, even though you may hate something, you’ll attract it to you. So don’t hate anything. Find something to like or to love.”

Do not despair about anything because within you lies the power to change everything. What do you want? What would make you happy? Dwell upon those things. “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).


 

Are You Good Soil?

In previous posts, I talked about the First Law of Increase (as you sow so shall you reap) and the Second Law of Increase (the spirit in which you sow multiplies the result). It’s not just the seed you sow and how you sow it, it’s also important to understand the quality of the soil in which you sow.

Here are the 3 keys to the laws of increase:

  1. What you sow
  2. How you sow
  3. Soil quality

But here’s the thing: Your life is the soil into which you sow.

Yes, you want to sow the right seed for the right purposes. But you also want to sow in the right kind of soil. Before we sow seed, let us test the soil. Perhaps we have the right seeds and the right attitude but we sow in poor soil.

The Parable of the Sower Can Help Us Test the Soil

You will find the Parable of the Sower in the 13th Chapter of Matthew:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty…

Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

Newsflash: You Are the Sower

I’ve always read this parable with the understanding that God is the sower and I am the soil, standing in receipt of the seed being sown. But you and me — we are the sowers in our lives, specifically and in the world, generally.

We begin each day with 40,000 – 60,000 seeds. These seeds are the thoughts — both conscious and unconscious — that pass through our minds. By day’s end, we have broadcast tens of thousands of seed thoughts.

Some kind of garden has been sown.

Our job, as taught by Jesus, is to be the light of of the world (see Matthew 5:14).

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, how would you rate yourself as being the light of the world?

Gut Check: You Can Be Spiritual And Still Have A Consciousness Like a Footpath

The Parable of the Sower can help us understand the character of the soil we have cultivated.

When I’d previously considered this parable, I always thought of the foot path, the rocky ground, and the shallow ground as being representative of people who were not actively working on their spiritual development or perhaps not yet committed to their spiritual growth and expansion.

In Your Life, McArthur talks about the different types of soil from the perspective of one who is actively developing himself or herself. Speaking of the footpath for one who may be a teacher of spiritual things:

I often find myself in this position when I have too many books to read or lectures to attend or trips to take or others things to do. My life, then, is like the footpath because I allow unimportant activities to take my time and energy, leaving nothing for the seeds of the Spirit which have been sown.

Those of us who serve others must make sure that our days are not so packed with lesson planning and teaching and speaking and counseling that we do not have time to nurture ourselves.

When we have overextended ourselves in this way, the soil of lives is like the footpath. The seeds fall on it but all the activities we’re engaged in eat up the seed. It never gets a chance to get in the ground of our lives and become something.

Gut Check: Don’t Be Rocky Ground

I appreciated McArthur’s effort to make this lesson practical for the serious spiritual student. When you’ve made a serious commitment to spiritual study, you can become blind to the ways that you are not taking care of yourself.

About the rocky ground, McArthur writes:

The “rocky ground” occurs in my life, when though I may be enthusiastic to apply new truth in my life, I fail to make the commitment or discipline myself to study, to work with, and to follow through. In other words, there is no depth to the soil in which I have sown this seed. Therefore, there is no growth.

When you do not see the growth that you know must come by law, perhaps the reason you do not see growth is that you are “rocky ground.” There may be a level of discipline and consistency that needs to be implemented in your life to begin to see the results you believe you should have.

Gut Check: Keep the Thistles of Life in Perspective

There’s a great book called Even Mystics Have Bills to PayIn the kind of work that we do as spiritual entrepreneurs, it can be challenging to balance the giving with the receiving. Even though we lead businesses that serve people and make life better, we still have bills to pay.

About the thistles of life, McArthur writes:

The “thistles” in my life, as the parable indicates, are the worldly cares about job, family, home, and health. All are valid concerns, but they become thistles if I allow them to choke out the seeds of the Spirit. The thistles of “false glamour of wealth” are ones that grow when we let desire for money, position, or power deprive us of time for nourishment of the seeds of the Spirit.

Spiritual entrepreneurs must make self-care a much higher priority. In addition to the daily spiritual work that you do to nourish yourself, you need regular time away to just be.

What things do you do just for the purpose of creating joy in your life? Do you have time to think? On scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, what is your capacity to handle just one more thing?

Perhaps there are some things to take off your plate so that you have time to gain perspective on the things that create pressure in your life.

Gut Check: Good Soil Produces Fruit

In truth, we really don’t have to wonder whether we have cultivated good soil. Our lives prove to us the kind of soil we are. But, often we have gone blind to the ways that we are showing up in life. And, even though we receive evidence that bad seed has been sown or that we have not sown in the right spirit, we cannot see what needs to change.

When that happens, it’s best to remember that good soil produces fruit. About good soil, McArthur writes:

The “good soil,” Jesus says, is the life of a person who hears the word (is awake and listening for truth) and understands it (gives it priority and applies it). To do that, the person keeps life in balance so that “other” aspects do not devour nor choke out nor destroy the seeds of truth. Since there always seems to be more to do than we have time for, such a life requires assigning value to what we consider important and eliminating those items of lower value. At the very least, it requires giving precedence to and adhering to specific periods each day for work on our spiritual growth.

Motivational speaker Chalene Johnson offers a great exercise to see where you are. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, she asks you to rate yourself in 10 different areas of life:

  • Physical health
  • Mental wellness
  • Quality of Your Surroundings
  • Things You Do Just for Pure Joy
  • Romance
  • Key Friends and Family Relationships
  • Financial Situation
  • Living Out Your Calling/Purpose
  • Spirituality
  • Personal Growth

Your numbers may vary from area to area. However, as good soil, you want to cultivate a life of balance.

Run the Soil Test

How can you tell you’ve got good soil? McArthur has a suggestion:

As a practical exercise and a test of the kind of soil your life is, do a good deed for someone each day. Make a commitment to yourself to do it consistently over a reasonable period of time and keep a written record. If you can do it consistently, you have good soil. If you cannot do it consistently, you need to revise your life to eliminate the footpaths, rocky ground and thistles until you develop good soil.

I actually tried something like this experiment last year. I’d read Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge. He recommended a few daily disciplines:

  1. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  2. Journal 2 minutes each day about a positive event from the day before, and
  3. Complete 1 random act of kindness for someone each day.

Well, it’s been about 1 year since I read the book and only 2 of the recommended disciplines stuck. I keep a gratitude journal and spend 2 minutes each day writing about a positive event from the day before. Doing a good deed every day proved to be much harder than I thought. Often, I’d forget to do it. Or, I’d get to the end of the day and run out of time. Most often, I couldn’t think of what to do. 🙁

Eventually, I eliminated the random act of kindness from my daily non-negotiables list.

But I think it’s time to add it back. I want good soil and I bet you do too! For the next 30 days, I challenge you and me to commit 1 random act of kindness (or good deed) every day. We can check in on my Facebook page.


Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away — a reality few people can afford in the new ‘gig economy’ where many adults who work hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

The Second Law of Increase

What you sow determines what gets increased; but how you sow determines how much increase you can expect. The first law of increase says, “as you sow so shall you reap.” But, the second law of increase says, “how you sow determines how you shall receive.”

To use McArthur’s words: the spirit of your actions multiplies the result.

The Universe acts as a mirror, giving back to you according to your purpose, your sincerity and your willingness. Give a little and you should only expect a little; but, give much and you shall receive accordingly.

The question to keep at the forefront of your mind is this: Have I given my all?

Withhold Nothing

In 1900, Elisha Hoffman wrote a song called “Is Your All on the Altar?” Yolanda Adams sang a version that I absolutely love.

The lyrics articulate the heart of what the second law of increase teaches. Specifically, have you given your very best? Have you done all that you know to do? Is there anything at your disposal that you haven’t used to achieve your desired result? Have you held anything back?

Consider the song’s opening verse: You have longed for sweet peace, and for faith to increase, and have earnestly, fervently prayed; But you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, until all on the altar is laid.

How you sow is as important as what you sow. When you hold back from the Universe, the Universe holds back from you. But when you give your all, when you lay it all out until there’s nothing left to give, the Universe responds in kind, returning to you blessings that match the purpose, sincerity and willingness you’ve demonstrated.

Jesus said it this way: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Luke 6:38). You simply cannot get any plainer than that.

God Gives the Increase

None of us can make the seed grow. That isn’t our job. Increase belongs to God and God alone. This is true along every aspect of existence. For example, a scientist can tell you what to do to turn the acorn into an oak tree, but he cannot tell you anything about how the acorn becomes that oak tree.

Increase is God’s domain.

Our role, in comparison, is much simpler and straightforward: plant the right seed and collect the harvest when the fruit appears. We cannot speed up the germination process nor can we stop it. Once planted, all we can do is wait and stay in position to collect what must come.

You Influence the Amount of Increase

You can count the seeds in an apple but you cannot count the apples in an apple seed. That’s true. But that does not mean that we do not influence the outcome of the seeds planted. We do. And, here’s how:

The spirit of your actions “set the amount of increase that occurs after you plant the seed” (McArthur). You influence the results of the seeds you plant in three key ways (directly quoted from Your Life):

Your Purpose

How clear is your purpose? How definite? Is it in accord with the Creative Forces?

Your Sincerity

Are you lukewarm or really intent and committed to your purpose? Are you free of hypocrisy, deceit, or duplicity regarding your purpose? Is your dedication to it as pure as you can make it?

Your Willingness

Are you using that which you now have available to you? If you are not willing to use what you have (your talents, gifts, ideas, mind, materials), your purpose and sincerity are questionable. Pie-in-the-sky predictions of what you would do “if” are just that.

Because “like begets,” the way you sow seed produces a result that mirrors how you’ve sown. That’s why the song “Is Your All on the Altar?” resonates so much for me with this universal law. I used to think of that song in terms of someone letting go emotionally of a bad situation — i.e. a bad relationship, a debilitating illness, etc.

In light of the second law of increase, I see it much differently. Have you done all that you know to do and given everything you had to give to that which you truly want? If so, then your success is assured by universal law.

Take the Fear Out of Your Purpose

Fear taints your results. It acts like inverted faith because it is faith placed in negative seeds. When we fear, we have essentially turned the things we fear into “little gods” and “unwittingly pray to them” through the action of fear (McArthur).

The other problem with fear is that it tends to cause us to give less than our very best. We do not believe we can have what we really want. So, we do not give all that we have to give. We hold back just enough so that if it doesn’t work out, we won’t be too disappointed. Of course, because we haven’t done our best, we increase the chances that it won’t work out.

Preventative measures taken in a spirit of fear increase the chances that the very thing we do not want to happen will happen. Why? Because our faith has been placed in the thing we do not want rather than the true result we desire.

Saving for a rainy day invites the rainy day. Exercising to avoid illness invites illness. Eating to prevent obesity invites obesity. Whatever you run from chases you and because you have put yourself in relationship to it by placing your fear (inverted faith) in it, it will eventually find you.

Linked With God, We are Limitless

When a farmer sows, he must maintain the soil in which the seed is planted. Sometimes the thing we want seems far bigger than we can personally attain. Let us remember that, by ourselves, we cannot achieve it. But linked with God, “there is no limit to the power available to us” (McArthur).

Paul tells us that we “can do all things through him who strengthens” us (Phil 4:13). Spirit “has no limits and is totally dependable because its nature is to love and care for us” (McArthur).

We scheme when we do not believe we can have what we want. Firmly entrenched in a mentality of lack, we tell half-truths for the purpose of affecting an outcome we do not believe we can get by simply being honest and upfront. The problem with deceit and schemes and duplicity is that the Universe can only mirror what we have given.

The Universe withholds nothing but it does mirror what we’ve given and in the way we’ve given it.

When we truly buy into the idea that we are limitless when we cooperate with God, then we will put aside all games and other contrivances. We will know with clarity that we can have anything and everything we want if we supply the right seed, free of all negativity.

Be Patient With Yourself

Making the switch to total dependence on God takes time. “All of us have been programmed and trained for many, many years to put our faith in others or in materiality rather than in the Creative Forces and in ourselves as creators of what happens in our lives” (McArthur).

As I composed this post today, I got an opportunity to get a gauge on where I am with totally trusting the Universe to have my back. A truck pulled up in the parking lot and a man rang the doorbell. I answered the door, thinking it was someone for First Lutheran (the church we rent from).

The man asked me for money to put gas in his truck (a huge Chevy pickup) and to get a sandwich to eat. In my wallet, I had $50 but I gave him $5 because I have a big car repair to pay for tomorrow. When I sat back down, Spirit said, “That was your test. You don’t think I can give that back to you before tomorrow when you need to pay for your car?”

Ouch!

So, I’m still forgiving myself. 🙂

In each moment, just do the best that you know to do. When you hold back or give less than you can give, sow a seed of forgiveness for yourself and reaffirm your total trust in the Universe. Another opportunity to give will present itself.

Put the Word To Work For You

No one sows and reaps in a single day. We reap “what we have sown in the periods when that sown has come to fruitage” (McArthur). So, this is a process.

The consciousness that holds back and gives little did not appear overnight. You built it through many years of conditioning. The key to straightening out longstanding patterns of error thinking is to begin with the spiritual activity, which is the Word — the Logos.

Put the Word to work for you. Begin to speak the Word for the reality you truly want. As you speak the Word, what you notice will change. The Word will redirect your attention to that which is worthy of your attention. It will happen so naturally, you will think nothing of it. It will happen so imperceptibly that  you may not even notice the shift.

As the Word shifts what you notice, the character of the seeds in your hand will change because you are changing. Different seeds bring different results.

What About the Negative Seeds Sown?

Maybe you’ve sown some seeds that now you wish you hadn’t sown. For example, if I had it to do over again, I would’ve given Ronald (the man who came to the door) $50 instead of the $5 that I gave him. McArthur suggests several possibilities (directly quoted from Your Life):

  1. You may not have to meet those results in this lifetime.
  2. You are never presented with more than you can handle at any time as long as you put your trust in your Creator.
  3. Know that whatever seed you have sown is for a purpose, for your benefit, for your growth, and that you can get help from the Creative Forces in meeting the results. You, of course, need to ask for that help.
  4. There are higher laws — such as the law of grace, the law of forgiveness, and others — that enable us to meet the conditions we have created without going through all the chaos and trauma that we ordinarily would.

In short, you can handle it. You have not been left alone to handle it. The Universe is biased toward your success. We are not punished by the Universe for any action. We can turn to the Divine Presence within and ask for the grace to re-learn the lesson and to demonstrate what we couldn’t do before.

My Call to Action for You

Where are you holding back? Where are you giving less than 100%? Are you ready to tip the scales in your favor by giving more and better than you’ve given?

Yes?

Then, identify an area in your life where you want to experience greater increase. Resolve today to apply the law in that area in the best way that you know how. Make a written declaration to yourself and to God that you will give  your very best, trusting the Universe will mirror back to you in the measure and in the manner in which you have sown.

Join us tonight for the Bible Hangout where we will discuss what it means to give without precondition.


Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away — a reality few people can afford in the new ‘gig economy’ where many adults who work hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

The First Law of Increase

I wanted to find a way to make this first law of increase — as you sow, so shall you reap — relatable. And, I remembered something we used to say to one another as children: You better check yourself before you wreck yourself. In other words, be mindful of what you’re saying because your mouth may get you in trouble.

And that about sums it up!

“We reap abundantly in our gardens and in our lives according to the seed we sow” (McArthur). We often find it hard to believe that we create the confusion and chaos in our lives. Even though Scripture tells us, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace” (1 Cor 14:33 NKJV), we still look for an explanation that sidesteps our hand in the co-creation process.

Here are 8 rules for cooperating with the first Law of Increase. Following them will allow you to check yourself before you wreck yourself!

RULE #1: INCREASE HAPPENS EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME

We sow seeds constantly and we reap a harvest constantly. It is a never-ending cycle. Only the type of seed sown and the type of harvest reaped changes.

The seeds in your possession right now are a mixture of thoughts, words and actions. The harvests you now reap point back to seeds previously sown. Whatever you’re pulling up in your life — plenty or lack, peace or chaos, joy or sadness — tells you what seeds have been sown.Apples in a Seed

As McArthur explains, you always get more than you plant. “The miracle in this law is one of abundance and joy and beauty, wherein you reap not only what you sow, but far, far more — multiplied many times — when the right kind of seed is nurtured with the spirit of love and cooperation. The harvest is abundance” (McArthur).

RULE #2: EVERY THOUGHT PLANTS A SEED

You may want to sit down for this one: the average person thinks between 40,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. Some put this number as high as 80,000 thoughts per day. These include the thoughts we think consciously and those which escape our conscious awareness.

Said differently, we each wake up with somewhere between 40,000 and 60,000 seeds in our “hands” every morning. By the end of the day, we have laid some kind of garden.

Only you can speak to the kind of garden you plant on a daily basis. Perhaps just the realization that you carry so many seeds in your possession will help you understand how it is that you may be reaping a harvest that do not want.

RULE #3: YOUR SEEDS MIRROR YOUR CHARACTER

“The character of the seed within the thought is determined by the spirit which we put into it. That spirit determines the fruits that will be produced in our lives, just as the apple seed contains the spirit or nature of apples” (McArthur).

In the same way that your clothes retain the smell of your perfume even after you’ve taken them off, your seeds — your thoughts, words and actions — bear your character. They go into the ground of your consciousness with that spirit baked into them.

Seeds sown by an angry mind produce anger-filled fruit. Seeds sown by a peaceful mind produce peace-filled fruit. Jesus told us, “You will know them by their fruits…A good true cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:16, 18 NKJV). The fruit always matches the tree from which it grew.

RULE #4: SOW WITH A CLEAR, POSITIVE PURPOSE

We have three types of seeds in our possession: thoughts, words, and actions. Each one brings back to us from the realm in which it is sown. “What we do in the physical we meet in the physical, what we do in the mental we meet in the mental, what we do in the spirit we meet in the spirit” (McArthur).

In the game of life, we learn to sow the same seed across every level — physical, mental and spiritual. Whenever we do not get our desired results, we can be certain that we have sown mismatched seeds. We may have planted positively on the spiritual level but acted negatively on the physical or mental level.

The Universe honors intention.

Even if you attempt some deceitful scheme for a helpful purpose, the Universe must return to you according to the seed sown. “Deceit, even in an attempt to help others, brings disturbance to one’s soul. For the purpose with which we sow is the purpose that we reap” (McArthur).

Always sow with a clear, positive purpose.

RULE #5: MEANS AND ENDS ARE THE SAME

I used to have a “by any means necessary” attitude toward life. But, I no longer hold that attitude as an ideal. I now understand that means and ends are the same. “By this law the means (what we sow) determines the end (what we reap)” (McArthur).

In short, we get away with nothing. Because the law operates on all three levels, “what you hold on the spiritual or the mental level will eventually manifest in the physical. Since we are often not conscious of what we are carrying on those levels, we do not realize that we are the cause of what is happening to us” (MrArthur).

Take the time to establish a means that you’d be willing to have show up in the end. Most people can tell you the seeds they hold on the physical level. A quick review of your datebook will reveal that. What we need is to become mindful of the seeds we hold on the spiritual and mental levels.

Poisonous apples come from poisonous trees. Make it a priority to examine the thoughts you think and the ideals you hold in mind, especially if you are reaping rotten fruit.

RULE #6: THE LAW AIN’T PLAYING WITH YOU

You can fool people but you cannot fool the Law. “God is not mocked — the true motivation or spirit is always known and the laws operate accordingly” (McArthur).

Two people can perform the same act with opposite results because the Law operates on intention. One person may do something nice for another simply for the purpose of being kind. Another person may do something nice for the same person with the intention of getting something from that person.

The recipient in both cases may be pleased with the gift given but the Universe can only produce from the seed sown. “The law does not judge what should or should not be done” (McArthur). It simply returns to the giver exactly what was sown.

RULE #7: GIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE

Because the seeds available to us are thoughts, words and actions, it may seem that the sowing is an outgoing process. In truth, we sow seeds in our own inner self. That which we think, speak and do grows in us. The more often we think, speak and act in a particular spirit, the greater that energy builds in the seed and the stronger it becomes in us.

Let’s suppose you have difficulty establishing a seed in your inner self. You may have difficulty believing in yourself and you wish to have that. “The way to create it in yourself is to find and have confidence in others. As you think and act in that spirit and with that purpose toward others, the seed will gradually grow in you” (McArthur).

That may seem counterintuitive. How many articles appear in Cosmopolitan and People Magazine suggesting that we may have more confidence in others than we do in ourselves? No such thing. Confidence anywhere is confidence everywhere.

There is no such thing as tearing down yourself but building others up. The Universe is not mocked. People who tear down themselves also tear down others. They simply may be good at masking the tear down process. So, you may never hear them utter an ill word about someone else. But you can rest assured that people are consistent across their lives.

RULE #8: YOUR ONLY JOB IS TO STAY THE COURSE

If you were a gardener and planted a row of roses, and I came over to your garden and dug them all up, you’d be pretty mad at me. Let’s suppose that I didn’t fully understand my actions. I just wanted to see if it was growing. So, you’d patiently explain to me that once you’ve planted a seed, you cannot dig it up to see if it’s growing. That’s not how it works.

We get this principle when it comes to roses and apples and oranges and tulips. But we miss this principle when it comes to the rest of our lives, especially some good we want but have not yet manifested. Just like roses do not immediately spring from the ground when you plant them, our good does not immediately manifest in our lives when we plant right seeds.

During the time of growth, our one job is to “be sure that our spirit, our purpose, is right, that it does not change, and to check it each day or each hour, if necessary” (McArthur). Allowing our spirit and purpose to change or go astray is akin to the farmer who plants a seed then moves the farm to a new location. The harvest is coming but he won’t be there to pick it.

Very often, we sow seeds of plenty; then we pack up and go live in the land of lack. When it’s time to harvest the seeds of plenty sown, we’re nowhere to be found. We’re living in an entirely different town with a brand new address. We cannot take advantage of the garden we have sown.

MY CALL TO ACTION

It’s time to sow right seed. Go back through the 8 rules for the first Law of Increase. Choose one rule to concentrate upon. You really do not have to change everything at once. That’s a recipe for disaster.

If you will just change one thing, that one power move will shift everything else in your life. Choose one rule to master and bring all your seeds into alignment with that one rule.

Perhaps we didn’t know that every thought plants a seed. So, we may resolve to be mindful of our thinking from this moment forward. So, we organize our day so that we can be more intentional about our thinking. Perhaps we set aside definite periods to just think right thoughts. Maybe we establish a means to check in with ourselves at the end of the day and assess our thinking.

Join us tonight on the Bible Hangout where we will discuss ways to make this lesson practical.


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